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NZ House & Garden Named Cover of the Year at The Maggies

28th November 2012

NZ House & Garden Named Cover of the Year at The Maggies

NZ House & Garden (April 2012 issue) has beaten off fierce competition to be hailed as winner of The Maggies: Magazine Cover of the Year 2012. The cover which was shot in the home of avid antique collector Sandy Smith, beat titles across all five categories, to be crowned overall Magazine Cover of the Year, as well as winning the Lifestyle category.

Category winners:
Best Magazine Cover of the Year & Lifestyle Winner – NZ House & Garden (April 2012)
Business & Trade Winner – New Zealand Doctor (9 May 2012)
Food & Wine Winner – Healthy Food Guide (March 2012)
Specialist Winner – Antarctic (June 2012)
Sports Winner – Adventure Magazine (December 2012)

NZ House & Garden’s editor, Sally Duggan, said of the accolade “Unlike decorating your own home, which is a success when you think it is, creating a winning cover involves pleasing a cast of thousands.”

“A classic harmony of blue, white and green with mad, mixed-up touches: the upside down bowl; the tea cup balancing on a jar; the misplaced silver lid; the knot of ribbon that looks just right. The clever mixture of beautiful things presented on the April cover was actually a long drawn-out creative process by art director Richard Brunton and stylist Sarah Charles, which involved three separate visits to the historic art-filled Petone villa where it was photographed,” said Duggan.

Initiated by online subscription company, iSUBSCRiBE, the covers entered in The Maggies were shortlisted by a panel of industry heavyweights, Chaired by Executive Director of the Magazine Publishers Association in New Zealand, John McClintock. This shortlist was then put to a public vote via, where over 25,000 votes were cast during a five week period.

McClintock said of the winning cover, “Congratulations NZ House and Garden – the public have spoken. Our best and biggest critics have voted on the Maggies Cover of the year and you have come out clear winners from a field of very diverse and quality covers. An excellent example of a cover that invites you into the magazine.”

Publishers were encouraged to donate to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, plus everyone who voted received a $5 iSUBSCRiBE gift voucher, with $1 from magazine subscriptions purchased with this voucher going to charity. Over $3,000 has been raised so far, with this figure set to rise.

iSUBSCRiBE is the leading and most comprehensive online magazine and newspaper subscription superstore, currently operating in 3 countries - New Zealand, Australia and the UK. iSUBSCRiBE represents over 1,000 publishing clients worldwide & lists subscriptions for nearly 5,000 different titles - the largest range of any company in our field. iSUBSCRiBE’S development of The Maggies shows the company’s commitment to improving the popularity of New Zealand’s great magazine publishing industry.

About The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is the country’s foremost breast cancer education and awareness organisation. It is a non-government funded charitable trust promoting awareness of breast cancer, providing information and education, and raising funds to support breast cancer related initiatives including research, scholarships, medical grants, community education and a breast cancer patient register. The Foundation was specifically established to educate all New Zealanders on the life-saving benefits of early detection and the importance of mammograms.


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